Allen plans to open stadium against SL Carroll

Allen’s tentative opponent for the first game this fall in its new $60 million football stadium is 2011 Class 5A Division I state champion Southlake Carroll.

Allen coach Tom Westerberg said discussions about a potential opponent for the opening game began last spring, months before Carroll’s 16-0 run to the title.

Schedules can't be finalized until after the University Interscholastic League’s biennial redistricting and realignment announcement on Feb. 2.

“We were looking for a team with a large following like Southlake Carroll, Euless Trinity or Longview,’’ Westerberg said. “When we contacted the folks in Southlake, they liked the idea.’’

Work on the 18,000-seat facility to be known as Allen Eagle Stadium is scheduled to be completed in late July.